An award-winning photographer and presenter, Melissa Southern has been shooting since childhood and a working professional since 2003. She has photographed all over the United States as well as in Ireland, England, France, and Mexico. Melissa has photographs published in the Guide to the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution, Nature Photographer magazine, various product magazines, and several other publications. She has presented at Grandfather Mountain Nature Photography Weekend and the Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic (where she is a member of the TEAM for both events), Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI), the City of Orlando, and Sarah P. Duke Gardens. She has judged numerous photography competitions over the years for various groups. Melissa has worked as a forensic photographer for over ten years. Melissa was the first International Association for Identification (IAI) Certified Forensic Photographer in North Carolina. Melissa has a B.A. in Anthropology and an Associate Degree in Photography.
Melissa and Kyle met at Grandfather Mountain, NC around eight years ago. Since then, they have developed a close friendship and enjoy shooting and working together. Their decision to go into business together seemed a natural progression of their mutual interests and the adventures, and misadventures, that are always a part of their photographic outings. Melissa and Kyle enjoy people and love instructing photographers at all skill levels, encouraging and inspiring them.
Here are some photographs of Melissa in action at workshops and commercial shoots. This portion of her biography page is dedicated to all her friends who say that the self-portrait above is too professional!
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